Edward Scissorhands is categorized as both a fantasy science fiction and romance movie. The story begins with a scientist played by Vincent Price, assembling his creation which is some type of living being. This being is named Edward and played by Johnny Depp. The scientist is working on the final aspect of his creation, which are the hands, when he suddenly dies. This leaves Edward with the temporary hands the scientist gave him, which are made of the long blades used for outdoor pruning shears. This abnormality is how Edward earns his last name of Scissorhands.
Edward lives in the scientists mansion which is set on a hill above a quiet neighborhood. One day, a woman from the neighborhood going door to door trying to sell her line of cosmetics, decides to go to the spooky mansion up on the hill. She stumbles upon Edward who appears to be down on his luck so she does the neighborly thing and brings him home for a hot meal. Edward not only has no idea of how to interact with others he also does not speak, which often creates unexpected situations. It turns out the woman who brings Edward home, has a teenage daughter who captures Edward's heart.
The story has many different elements woven into it which include some comedic scenes as well as some which are heavier on romance and drama. Edward is welcomed into the neighborhood when it is discovered he has an amazing talent for cutting things with his scissor hands. He starts out by sculpting hedges and bushes which later leads to a stint as a hair stylist. Every woman in the neighborhood wants to make use of Edwards unusual talents be having her hair cut and styled. While the adult women take a shine to Edward, the teens in the neighborhood do not.
During the Christmas holidays Edward is outside sculpting an angel out of ice which becomes a magical experience for the girl he is enamored with. During the process of sculpting he accidentally slices too quickly and cuts the girl he adores. This prompts a full investigation by local authorities who decide Edward is too dangerous to be among regular people. A conflict of emotions ensues between those who have come to know Edward and those who considered him a freak of nature. Edward is a misplaced being who was never completed so he learned to make do with what he had, which ends up creating emotional upheavals for the people who came to know him.